He picks out Rondon for special praise, but feels that we didn’t attempt to make a game of it at any stage – feeling as though we missed a big chance to put the pressure on in the final 10 minutes.
Here’s what he’s had to say to us about the game, our approach and our stand out players:
“When I saw your team line-up it looked very bold. I’d said that 5-2-3 would be your best option. And that’s his it looked how you’d play. But in fact you still pretty much played one up front and nine in defence.
“Was it close? In terms of score, no doubt. But at no stage did I ever think you were trying to make a game of it.
“With 10 minutes to go you could have put real pressure on us, as the team and fans were getting nervous. But you didn’t. We simply played out the game keeping the ball. I was very surprised you didn’t go for broke near the end.
“We were disappointing, no doubt, but you probably had one attack in our box the whole game and managed to score. We might still have scored 4 or 5 even though we looked complacent and sloppy.
“I was very impressed with Rondon. As I’d said yesterday, if you get the ball to him he’s a real handful. And he worked his socks off today! Both of your centre backs also did well.
“Overall you played as I feared you would. You tried to shut up shop and hope to pinch a point. But as I also said yesterday, we always find a way against teams that play that way. And we did again.
“I’m sure some Newcastle fans will be happy it was only 2-1 but I think that’s underselling your club. I stated that I thought you’d finish about 16th and on today’s showing I’m not really convinced it will be much better than that.
“Sorry to sound so negative but your team reminded me too much of Huddersfield and I think you should have higher ambitions than” that.
“Best of luck for the rest of the season.”
Do you agree with him, or do you feel his comments do us a disservice?